Cambridge Folk Festival Annouces Christian Raphael 2018 Prize Winners

Cambridge Folk Festival Annouces Christian Raphael 2018 Prize Winners

A unique new prize, reflecting Cambridge Folk Festival’s support for developing young talent, has been established to help new musicians embarking on their careers. In its inaugural year, the prize has been established and funded by inspirational figure and keen supporter of Cambridge Folk Festival’s commitment to emerging young talent, Christian Raphael MBE. A 30 year-old man with severe and multiple learning disabilities who communicates non-verbally, Christian is a firm believer that disability is no…

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Nick Mulvey to be Cambridge Folk Festival’s 2019 Guest Curator

Nick Mulvey to be Cambridge Folk Festival’s 2019 Guest Curator

Cambridge Folk Festival is excited to announce that local lad, Nick Mulvey will be returning to Cambridge in 2019 as the Festival’s guest curator. Responsible for selecting five of his favourite artists to deliver extraordinary sets for the Cherry Hinton crowd, Mulvey’s curation will proudly sit across the line up in August next year.   Beyond his role as guest curator, Mulvey will also take to the main stage for his own performance. He returns…

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Interview and Review: Darlingside at recent Cambridge Folk Festival

Interview and Review:  Darlingside at recent Cambridge Folk Festival

Drenched in a dreamy, harmonic and verging on ethereal collective of voices from the group that is Darlingside, the crowd at the recent Cambridge Folk Festival was bathed in the powerful yet unforced and natural set of their songs in a gorgeous, idyllic summery setting.  They offered that they were, ‘underslept but happy’ to be back at the festival following their 2016 performance which garnered a hearty cheer. Indeed, many there had seen them perform…

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Interview: A. K. Patterson at The Cambridge Folk Festival

Interview:  A. K. Patterson at The Cambridge Folk Festival

There is a palpable, dramatic symmetry with this artist, A.K. Patterson, and along with her accompanying musicians and band members, Nat and Alfie, they lean towards being the thinking music listener’s darling.  But, their sound I believe is universal in that it is so thoughtful and moving, touching on everyone’s humanity actually.  At the recent Cambridge Folk Festival set they performed, we got a wholly impressive view of how deep their talent runs.   You…

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Interview: Punk Floyd at The Cambridge Folk Festival

Interview:  Punk Floyd at The Cambridge Folk Festival

Simply put, Punk Floyd is a psychedelic folk journey of appreciation through Floyd’s music.  It creates a subdued, but still able party vibe of fun while being respectful to the structure of the music.  The band Punk Floyd is without a doubt technically sound with clever harmonies and upper registers that are relaxed and somewhat heartfelt actually.  There is no muscularity here, it is all tempered and is an act of transformation while they pay…

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Interview: The Pierce Brothers at The Cambridge Folk Festival

Interview:  The Pierce Brothers at The Cambridge Folk Festival

With an unconventional and almost defiant approach to making sound and using everything they can throw at it, The Pierce Brothers create a near marching yet heartfelt litany of music that creates a whole world for you to step into. There set at the Cambridge Folk Festival last weekend was the sleeper surprise and not one person who was there for it left in any way disappointed. Sitting and chatting with them, their energy and…

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Interview with Cambridge Folk Festival Organiser, Neil Jones

Interview with Cambridge Folk Festival Organiser, Neil Jones

Neil Jones, who has been apart of the iconic Cambridge Folk Festival for the last 18 years, took some time to chat with us during this, the weekend of the festival, to discuss the origins of the festival, its ethos, creating the line up and why folk music is so dear to so many.   The Cambridge Folk Festival is a historic one, one that generations have been coming to and still are, why do…

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